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California State Court of AppealCandidate for Justice, District 2, Division 8

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John Shepard Wiley, Jr.

Associate Justice, CA Court of Appeal, District 2, Division 8, 2018-present: VOTER APPROVAL NEEDED TO REMAIN IN OFFICE
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  • [If a justice receives more “yes” votes than "no" votes, the justice will remain in his or her position for another term.]
  • [If not, the justice will complete the current term and then a new justice will be appointed by the Governor.]



Profession:Associate Justice, CA Court of Appeal
Associate Justice, CA Court of Appeal, District 2, Division 8 — Appointed position (2018–current)
Professor, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law (1983–2005)
Special Master, U.S. District Court, Central District of CA — Appointed position (2000–2000)
Of Counsel, Mayer, Brown, and Platt (1995–1999)
Assistant United States Attorney, Federal Government (1990–1994)
Assistant U.S. Attorney (Federal Prosecutor), U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of CA — Appointed position (1990–1994)
Of Counsel, U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee — Appointed position (1993–1993)
Law Clerk for the Hon. Lewis F. Powell, Jr, U.S. Supreme Court (1981–1981)
Law Clerk for the Hon. Frank M. Coffin, First Circuit Court of Appeals (Boston, MA) (1980–1980)


University of California, Berkeley M.A., Economics (1980)
University of California, Berkeley J.D., Law (1980)
University of California, Davis A.B., Economics and Political Science (1975)


Official biography from the CA Courts of Appeal website:

Justice John Shepard Wiley Jr. was appointed to the Superior Court in 2002 and to the Court of Appeal in 2018. He clerked for Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr. of the Supreme Court of the United States and for Judge Frank Coffin of the First Circuit. Wiley has published in the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, University of Chicago Law Review, Virginia Law Review, Duke Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Columbia Law Review, and American Economics Review. Wiley was tenured at UCLA Law School, where he won UCLA’s Distinguished Teaching Award, and was a visiting professor at Harvard Law School. He was a federal prosecutor.  

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Wiley is committed to the rule of law, to equal justice under law, and to the ideal of judges who are fair, neutral, honest, smart, kind, and hardworking.

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